Reviewed for Second Grade, 2010

This fast-paced game of building and stealing encourages kids to change the rules. Sure, there are directions, but once kids have mastered the game as intended, the creators say dump the rules and tweak at will! At its core, Robo Champ is a race to build a robot in a specific color before an opponent beats you to it. But beware: just as you're on the cusp of victory, your neighbor could roll the dice and disassemble your robot right before your eyes! Fast and fun, this 10-15 minute game squeezes nicely into busy nights, and gets kids thinking strategically as they play to win. (LEGO, $9.97)